2012 – Curiosity, a SUV sized rover successfully lands on Mars. The rover’s mission is to explore the red planet, Mars with the following objectives:
- Determine whether life ever arose on Mars.
- Characterize the climate of Mars.
- Characterize the geology of Mars.
- Prepare for human exploration.
It is expected since the power supply for the rover is plutonium; the rover will exceed its original mission parameters and may function for decades to come.